The Capital Youth Empowerment Program (CYEP) was founded on October 2008 by Erick and Isaac King. Their goal was to create an organization focused on improving father involvement with their children and health childhood development. The charter board members included Jay K. Flowers, Lee Rainer, Marlon Murphy, and Walter Barnes III. CYEP established a partnership with the Alexandria Juvenile Courts with the help of Mayor William Euille to provide free services to the citizens of Alexandria, VA in January 2009. The first Fathers in Touch (FIT) class was held in February 2009 at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center in Alexandria, VA. The organization was able to secure office space at the Northern Virginia Urban League Headquarters located at 1315 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA with the help of the NOVAL President and C.E.O Lavern Chatman. In 2010, FIT was expanded to serve fathers in Fairfax County, Virginia. CYEP was able to grow it’s capacity through the generous contributions of local civic organization, corporate support, individual donors, and the Stafford Foundation. The Stafford Foundation not only provided seed money for CYEP, it also provided a capacity building grant. CYEP has sustained FIT in Alexandria and Fairfax County throughout the years and has served over 500 families.
In 2010, CYEP was approached by the Alexandria Health Department to provide teen pregnancy prevention classes to help educate teenage males on the negative impact that having children at an early age. CYEP leveraged city resources and a grant from the Stafford Foundation to create Project Success to provide services to Alexandria youth. The focus of Project Success is to promote positive youth development, prevent teen pregnancy and educate youth on the negative effects of sexual transmitted infections.
Project Success expanded its services through a partnership with the Alexandria Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy. In 2013, CYEP collaborated with the city of Alexandria for the federal Personal Responsibility Education Program grant. The grant allowed CYEP to provide services to The Less Secure Shelter (Shelter Care), Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center, The City of Alexandria Community Recreation Centers: (Cora Kelly & Charles Houston Centers), Boys and Girls Club of Alexandria, Alexandria Court Service Unit, TC Williams High School and Community Lodgings Inc.
CYEP was awarded numerous awards for community involvement: NAACP Community Service Award (City of Alexandria & Fairfax County chapters), NVULYPN Next Generation of Leaders, SCAN: Allies in Prevention, and the White House Champion of Change Award to name a few.